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How to Look Younger with Collagen

Add collagen to your diet daily for a naturally youthful appearance! Collagen enjoys a well-earned reputation within the world of skin care. Adding collagen supplements to your daily diet can keep YOU looking younger, naturally!

Research shows that the results of consuming collagen greatly surpass topical applications. You can improve your skin, hair, and joint health with quality collagen products — helping you look YOUNGER from top to bottom!

First off — What IS Collagen?

Collagen is a complex protein with an astounding amount of amino acids. All of the essential amino acids are in collagen, as well as nonessential amino acids. Your body creates nonessential amino acids, but consuming them in your diet is still an IMPORTANT part of healthy living.

When under stress, your body creates fewer non-essential (or conditional) amino acids. Unfortunately, many of us are CHRONICALLY stressed. This can lead to a depletion of these conditional amino acids (as well as a host of other problems!).

So, keep yourself healthy and looking young with collagen supplements — like our collagen peptides in flavorless or chocolate. You’ll see the difference in your skin, hair, and nails; you’ll also feel the difference! 

The 1, 2, 3’s of Collagen…

The term “collagen” actually refers to an entire family of proteins. There are 28 members in the family, claiming roughly 25-35% of ALL protein mass in animals. Each member of this protein family differs slightly. The most common collagen protein is, not surprisingly, Type 1.

As head honcho, Type 1 collagen is responsible for 90% of the organic bone mass in animals and humans. Type 1’s territory extends to tendons, ligaments, the cornea, and more. The inner layer of the skin — the dermis — also falls within the domain of this dominant collagen: 80% of human skin is Type 1 collagen.

Type 2 collagen focuses on cartilage, rather than skin. Cartilage is a type of connective tissue found in our joints. Type 2 collagen is so effective at building cartilage that healthcare professionals frequently recommend it for those with joint pain (e.g. those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis).

Type 3 collagen dabbles a bit in both worlds. It joins Type 1 and adds an extra 15% of collagen to our skin. Type 3 collagen is also found with Type 2 in our cartilage. It finds a home in your heart, forming essential tissues and blood vessels.

All collagen types are important and serve critical functions in the body. While unique, they’re also quite similar in some respects. Three polypeptide chains, arranged in a helix, are present in each family member. Some of the collagen types have isomers (same chemical formula yet different arrangement of atoms) and even hybrids!

Why We Lose Collagen

As we age, collagen production starts to wind down. When we reach 30, our bodies stop producing collagen entirely. Our body’s existing collagen begins breaking down; we lose roughly 1-2% each and every year. (Wrinkles and loosening skin are clear evidence of diminishing collagen!) Stress, diet, and gut-health all impact how much collagen our bodies maintain.

Luckily, you can RAMP UP your collagen levels with smart choices and a healthy lifestyle. There are two main methods: amino acid supplements and hydrolyzed collagen supplements. Amino acids supplements supply our body with the building blocks to produce more collagen.

Hydrolyzed collagen, on the other hand, already IS collagen.

Hydrolyzed collagen (also called collagen hydrolysate) is more effective than amino acid supplements, but it can also cost more. Consuming collagen supplements, rather than amino acid supplements, provides you with the exact ratio of amino acids needed to build a complete collagen compound.

Comparing Collagen Supplements

When incorporating collagen into your diet, it’s important to note: not all collagen supplements are created equal.

Collagen hydrolysate is a hydrolyzed form of collagen — meaning the protein is broken down into smaller molecular chains called collagen peptides. Uptake of these smaller collagen peptides is much easier for your body than the original large protein.

Collagen supplements that aren’t hydrolyzed are too big to be absorbed effectively. However, if collagen is hydrolyzed, the smaller collagen peptides and amino acids are easily absorbed into the bloodstream by your small intestine.

When hydrolyzed, studies show the collagen absorption process can take place within an hour! Once in your bloodstream, they’re distributed exactly where they need to go!

What’s in Hydrolyzed Collagen?

Once the traveling peptides and amino acids reach your skin, they assemble to form collagen. To form the complex helix of the collagen compound, every amino acid in the molecular chain must be present.

Trace amounts of certain amino acids, as well as a few major players, make up the complete sequence in the collagen chain.

Beyond the nine essential amino acids, hydrolyzed collagen is also comprised of

  • Proline / Hydroxyproline — 25%
  • Glycine — 20%
  • Glutamic Acid — 11%
  • Alanine — 8%
  • Arginine — 8%
  • Others in trace amounts

These components combine to form an incredibly abundant protein. Think of these as powerhouses of activity; their properties extend well-beyond your skin.

Your joints, your gut, muscle growth, mental health, sleep quality, hormones, and your immune system all improve with these amino acids. Collagen even helps heal leaky gut syndrome — a common condition in the digestive tract that can cause chronic diseases, such as autoimmune disorders.

Looking young doesn’t end with your skin care regimen. Collagen, in any form, is beneficial for you. Hydrolyzed collagen, however, ups the absorption rate from 27% to over 90%!

Take care of your ENTIRE body with hydrolyzed collagen.

Is Bovine Bone Broth Better?

One of the most recommended sources for hydrolyzed collagen supplementation is bone broth. Beef, chicken, and fish are optimal for obtaining beneficial bone broth. Depending on the animal source you choose, you’ll receive different types of collagen (Type 1, Type 2, etc…) when consuming your bone broth.

Bovine (beef) bone broth is rich in Type 1 and 3 collagen. These same two types make up the overwhelming majority of collagen in your skin. Chicken, however, largely contains Type 2 collagen (excellent for joint health). Fishbone broth mainly remains with Type 1 and boasts an enhanced bioavailability when compared to other bone broths.

All mindfully-sourced animal bone broths provide beneficial collagen. If your focus is on skin health, however, bovine bone broth may be the most suitable for you. Skin care benefits can include improved skin elasticity and moisture — as well as reduced wrinkles and fine lines!

Incorporating Collagen into Your Daily Diet

In most modern households, collagen consumption rates are drastically low. We no longer spend hours in the kitchen crafting gravy and stock from unaltered animal parts. Unfortunately, many great amino acids from hydrolyzed collagen are ONLY available through particular protein sources.

It is SO important that we also replace the collagen our ancestors obtained through their cooking habits. Bone broth collagen Bars are an excellent and convenient way to incorporate hydrolyzed collagen in our daily diet! Studies show that consuming 5-15grams of collagen daily, you can receive the benefits of stronger hair, nails, smoother skin, healthier joints and so much more.

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